Republicans Then vs. Republicans Now
Here is the Republican party platform from 1956. It's very worth reading, for the stark contrast to the party's platform in 2012.
The latest version of the proposed 2012 Republican Platform was erroneously posted on the RNC website yesterday and quickly pulled. You can read it here. Here are summaries by the Washington Post and LA Times.
Shorter version of the comparisons: A party that has gone to hell in a handbasket in the last 50 years. [More...]
On Romney's joke about no one asking to see his birth certificate: Maybe not, but there was plenty of talk about the birther issue when his father George Romney, who was born in Mexico, ran for the Republican nomination against Nixon in 1967.
A two-term Michigan governor, George Romney faced questions about his eligibility to run for president in 1968 because he wasn't born in the United States. Yet, George was born a U.S. citizen, not Mexican, because his parents were U.S. citizens.... in those days, Mexico didn't grant dual citizenship so the parents had to choose one country or the other.
Romney says his birth certificate remark was just a joke. Personal jabs cast as humor seem to be typical Romney fare. When Romney was campaigning against McCain and Giuliani in 2007, at a GOP dinner in Missouri, his wife Anne introduced him saying:
The biggest difference between her husband and the other candidates, Ann Romney said, is that "he's had only one wife."
Back to the anticipated Republican platform: Hopefully, like a Bat out of Hell, it will be gone when the morning comes -- the morning after election day.
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